Signing Day Impact: Bri'onte Dunn

Ohio State tailback Brionte Dunn is already enrolled into the Buckeye program, having graduated early from Canton GlenOak. Dunn is a five-star prospect, and one of the top runningbacks in America. He will be participating in spring football at Ohio State.

Ohio State hiring Urban Meyer as head coach coincided with the Buckeyes locking down the commitment of Canton GlenOak tailback Brionte Dunn, and the new boss made securing this five-star prospect a top priority from the day he was hired.

Dunn, 6-foot-1, 215-pounds, put up stunning numbers at GlenOak, setting rushing and touchdown marks that may never be duplicated.

He hit the recruiting radar as a sophomore when he rushed for over 1,000 yards. He followed that up with a tremendous junior season of over 2,000 yards, and finally an injury-plagued senior season where he still gained over 1,600 yards.


Brionte Dunn combines both power and speed in a way that most backs cannot match. As a senior, he played with a cracked bone in his hip, ignoring the pain and leading his team into the Ohio state playoffs. He has everything people look for in a tailback, and is poised to play early with his early enrollment.

"Dunn is a big, powerful back that runs with surprising speed, but it's his vision, patience, and ability to break a tackle that make him a part of an elite group. He uses subtle feints to get a defender off balance and break a tackle. He's an instinctive runner that has a great feel for following and setting up his blocks. He's not a speed burner, but he has enough speed to take a run the distance." - Scott Kennedy,


Brionte Dunn has decided to play his college football for Ohio State.

"I am officially 150% a Buckeye," Dunn stated Tuesday evening. "My family and I met with Coach Meyer and Coach (Stan) Drayton tonight and I told them both I wanted to end my recruitment and be a Buckeye. I couldn't be happier, and I feel so great tonight. We had such a cool time tonight, and we sat around and talked and watched film. It was just a great, great night for all of us."

"Coach Meyer was so excited and that made me feel good," he added. "I think he was surprised by the reaction of my whole family, and there were a lot of us there tonight. He really wants me to enroll early and be there in January, and I'm going to try to get that done. When Coach Meyer speaks, you know I got to try to get that done."

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